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Hickey's Pharmacy in Phibsboro Shopping Centre, the scene of a stabbing. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Hickey's Pharmacy in Phibsboro Shopping Centre, the scene of a stabbing. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

Hickey's Pharmacy in Phibsboro Shopping Centre, the scene of a stabbing. Photo: Colin O'Riordan

A MAN was stabbed at a busy Dublin shopping centre last night.

The 50-year-old man was the victim of a brutal attack inside Hickey's Pharmacy at Phibsboro Shopping Centre just before 6pm.

The incident happened at the height of the busy shopping period in the popular centre on the North Circular Road.

The man, who is believed to be Eastern European, was attacked after a heated argument at 5.50pm.

He was rushed to the nearby Mater Hospital by ambulance for what gardai described as multiple slash and stab wounds.

He is currently being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Witnesses described how the scene unfolded.

"A foreign lad was approached by three Irish men who asked him for a smoke, and when he said he didn't have one they started abusing him and told him he should 'go home'," one man told the Herald.

"Then the man ran into the pharmacy to escape, but two of the group followed him and he was stabbed eight times in the back and chest inside the chemist," he added.

Gardai confirmed that an Irishman in his 20s was arrested at the scene and was being held in Mountjoy Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

The area around the pharmacy was cordoned off by tape for several hours.

A representative for Hickey's Pharmacy was unavailable to comment at the time of going to print.

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